Former Soviet Citizen Honored As Outstanding Defense Department
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 10, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC--During a special ceremony last week, Solomon V. Rakhman was awarded with a secretary of defense certificate as an outstanding Department of Defense employee with a disability.
Rakhman came to the U.S. in 1988 from what was then the Soviet Union. He earned a degree in economics before becoming a computer assistant for the Navy in the summer of 2000. Since then he has processed more than 225 interactive electronic technical manuals for the Department.
Rakhman, who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair to get around and an electronic device to communicate. He does much of his technical work from home.
"The fact that we have marvelous employees in the Navy and some of them may have disabilities is something we should appreciate as an American public," said Betty S.Welch, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for civilian personnel and equal employment opportunity.
"A disability doesn't make you a poor worker or anything but a great American, and you deserve the opportunity to excel. We look toward having more people with disabilities come to work in government, especially in the Department of the Navy," Welch said.